allingham festival lineup 2022

Allingham Festival 2022 final lineup revealed

The Allingham Festival returns with live events and full-capacity venues in 2022, bringing an outstanding programme of literary celebrities, musicians, speakers and performers to Ballyshannon.  From November 2-6, Festival-goers will meet:

  • Booker-Prize-shortlisted author Claire Keegan (Small Things Like These, Foster), in conversation with RTE’s Sinéad Crowley.
  • Popular actor Ian McElhinney (Derry Girls, Game of Thrones, Stones in His Pockets), in an interview featuring highlights of his film, stage, and television career.
  • Musician-artist David Rooney in concert, featuring singer Chanele McGuinness
  • Keynote Speaker Dr Tony Bates, Psychologist, asking “Are We All Mad?” and challenging the medicalisation of everyday life.
  • The Festival Launch with Gerry Moriarty, former NI Editor of The Irish Times
  • The Emerson Lecture with Anthony Begley: “The Kindly Spot, the Friendly Town”
  • The History Ireland Hedge School – “Donegal in the Civil War”.
  • BIRD ON THE WIRE – an unforgettable concert of the songs of Leonard Cohen, featuring Pauline Scanlon and The Whileaways – SOLD OUT

According to 2022 Allingham Festival Director Emer O’Shea, “We’re delighted to offer live events in full-capacity venues in November. This year’s programme promises an exciting week of in-person activities for everyone.”

David Rooney

New events in the 2022 Allingham Festival will include:

  • Little Top Stars – a workshop of circus skills for children, including spinning plates, juggling, giant bubbles and Diabolo.
  • The return of the Ballytour street theatre, with stories and performances by “Literary Ladies of the North West”.
  • “Step In” – historical drama by Winifred McNulty.
  • “A Dunduckedy Mudcoloured Evening” – dramatic sketches based on James Joyce’s Ulysses.
  • A performance by the Ballyshannon Brass and Reed Band.
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Actor Ian McElhinney

Book launches at the Festival will include:

  • Ireland’s Secret War, by Mark McMenamin.
  • Cold-Water Eden, by Richie Fitzgerald.
  • Donegal – The Irish Revolution, 1912-23, by Pauric Travers.
  • The Sound of Water Searching, by Michael O’Dea.
  • Between the Jigs and the Reels (revisited), by Caoimhín MacAoidh.

Traditional Allingham Festival events will include:

  • Open Mic – music and craic at McIntyre’s Pub.
  • Primary and Secondary Schools’ Competition Awards in Poetry, Flash Fiction and Art (on-line).
  • Adult Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions Awards Ceremony (on-line).
  • The Book Fair by A Novel Idea.
  • A Children’s Art Workshop.
  • “Gather Again” – open mic recitations on Sunday morning.
  • The Sunday Evening Concert in St Anne’s Church.

Times and locations of the 2022 Allingham Festival programme events, and on-line booking links, are found at

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